Saturday, 20 February 2016

The overcast skies lasted all morning, but it was mild, especially with little wind early on.

I carried out a 3 and a half hour full patch walk today, in which a good total of 48 bird species was recorded, just Jay and Sparrowhawk went unrecorded of the birds that I could have expected to see.

Nothing new was found for the month or year lists, however that didn't detract from an enjoyable visit. The MUTE SWAN pair and lone COOT are still using the ornamental lake and 7 CANADA GEESE with half a dozen MALLARDS were on the main lake, MOORHENS were seen on both these lakes, as well as the small lake today.

TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, GOLDCREST, LONG TAILED TIT, COAL TIT, BULLFINCH, STOCK DOVE, MISTLETHRUSH, SONGTHRUSH, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER and GREEN WOODPECKER were the pick of the regulars that were seen in the Wet Woods and Scrubby Woods, while both LESSER REDPOLL and SISKIN were found in the Small Holding, a post roosting flock preening and chatting away before they go on to my garden feeding station  :-)

SKYLARKS sang over Bustard Hill and a YELLOWHAMMER was calling from the Greenhouse Copse, the nearby Greenhouses were home to the KESTREL pair as usual, plus a few PIED WAGTAILS.

There were 65 ROOKS and 14 JACKDAWS feeding on the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, but the gulls had been flushed off before I arrived, the only ones seen were flyovers, these being from BLACK HEADED, COMMON and HERING GULLS.

Two BUZZARDS were clashing talons over the Ashes Lane Fields, a great sight to watch, but only 3 MEADOW PIPITS were seen in the pasture there, they fed in among the hundreds of FIELDFARE and STARLINGS, plus 5 REDWING. A CORMORANT flew over as I headed home, the last species for the day list  :-)

Blog brighteners are running out again ! Just a few images of the regular garden birds left now.

Coal Tit

Lesser Redpoll

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